Hi, Play Therapy Enthusiasts!

Happy Play Therapy Week! Play Therapy week is February 4-10th this year. What are you doing in your community to bring awareness to the field of play therapy? I was able to reach out to a local family magazine in central Oklahoma and get an article published. Check it out: http://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/February-2018/What-is-Play-Therapy/
I also participated in a youtube video with my therapy group highlighting play therapy. Those are just a couple of ideas that you can use to bring awareness to play therapy in your local area. I hope you can take some time out of your week to share your experience of play therapy with someone new!

I also just wanted to give a note of thanks to everyone for joining us at this year’s conference with speaker Dr. Terry Kottman! We had a great time and are looking forward to preparing for the following year.

On a final note, Lunch and Learns will be scheduled soon. Please check back with us in the next newsletter or online!

Have a great week!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S
OKAPT President

The Annual Conference is drawing near! 

This is a reminder to go online now and sign up for the Saturday, January 27th conference with Terry Kottman.  All the information is on our website at:


You can also choose between two pre-conference workshops.  Members can receive 9 CEUs for attending Friday night and Saturday for as little as $85!  If you are not yet a member, become a member today at www.a4pt.org.  Not only will you get a discount on the conference, but we also provide other trainings throughout the state for members as an added benefit.  In addition, you will receive the “International Journal of Play Therapy”, “Play Therapy Magazine”, and numerous other online resources with your membership!

Toy Swap

Bring any toys to the conference to donate!  We will have a table set up that you can donate or take toys.


I look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Nancy Rumley Soliz

OKAPT President

Happy New Year Play Therapy Enthusiasts!

I hope that you had a safe and restful holiday.  We are looking forward to hosting Dr. Terry Kottman THIS MONTH!  If you haven’t taken the opportunity to do so, please go online and register.  All of the conference workshops are held at Tulsa Community College, NE Campus, 3727 E Apache St, Tulsa, OK 74115.  There will be signs posted on campus to direct you to your destination.   Registration for Saturday, January 27, 2018 conference, featuring Dr. Terry Kottman presenting, “Art Techniques for Play Therapists”, will begin at 8:00 am.  The opening ceremony will start at 8:45 am with Dr. Kottman beginning at 9:00 am.  There will be an hour lunch with a meal available for purchase.  During the lunch hour, all OKAPT members will be invited to a member’s meeting of OKAPT.  Six CEUs for LPC, LMFT, LCSW, LBP licensure and 6 direct contact hours for the Association for Play Therapy will be awarded at the end of the Saturday conference.

You can register for one of the two workshops being held Friday, January 26, 2018 from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM.  Each of those workshops are for 3 CEUs for LPC, LMFT, LCSW, LBP licensure and 3 direct contact hours for the Association for Play Therapy.   OKAPT members get to enjoy one of these workshops for FREE.  Non-members fee is $50.  Your choices are:

  • Mindfulness in Play Therapy: Good for Your Client, Good for You

Julie A. Reising, MA LMFT, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, OK Approved LMFT Supervisor, OKAPT Board Member at Large

  • Ethics/Supervision in Play Therapy

Stephanie Horton, LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, OKAPT Board Treasurer, and Sharon Beets, LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, OKAPT Board President Elect

A total of 9 hours of CEUs will be available if you attend both Friday evening and Saturday!  Register TODAY:


Please feel free to email me if you have any questions about the conference or if you are interested in being a vendor for the event.  I hope to see you at the end of the month!

Nancy Rumley Soliz

OKAPT President

OKAPT Member Kudos!

  • Sharolyn Wallace has been named Board Chair of the Association for Play Therapy. This is a great honor as she is the first person from Oklahoma to be named Board Chair!
  • Check out Dr. Diane Stutey’s recent publication in the January 2018 issue of the International Journal of Play Therapy.






Hi, Play Therapy Enthusiasts!

Our last Lunch and Learn for the year is THIS FRIDAY, December 8, in Stillwater.  Please join Dr. Diane Stutey and OKAPT board member Nikkie Dunnigan as they present: “Reality Play Therapy: A Playful Approach for Older Children, Teens, and Adults”.  To register for this FREE training for OKAPT members, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/okapt-lunch-and-learn-reality-play-therapy-tickets-39621782819

This will be our last Lunch and Learn for 2017.  We will kick off next year’s trainings after our Annual Conference in January.  I will keep you up to date with those trainings through newsletters and at our website: http://oka4pt.com/training/


Registration for the Annual Conference is now LIVE

Join us on Saturday, January 27, 2018 to see Dr. Terry Kottman present “Art Techniques for Play Therapists.”  Registration opens at 8:00 am with the Opening Ceremony commencing at 8:45 am and training closing at 4:45 pm.  We will be having a member meeting during the lunch hour.  ALL MEMBERS are invited to attend this meeting.  We want to hear your ideas for this next year!

On Friday, January 26, 2018, Pre-Conference workshops will be held.  If you are a member, you can attend one of these for FREE!  Non-members are also invited to attend for $50.  You can chose between two workshops:

  • Julie Reising, LMFT presenting: “Mindfulness in Play Therapy: Why it is Good for Play Therapy and You!”
  • Stephanie Horton, LPC, RPT-S and Sharon Beets, LPC, RPT-S presenting: “Ethics/Supervision in Play Therapy”

If you are interested in having a vendor booth at the conference, please email OKAPT for the form to fill out to participate at okassociationforplaytherapy@gmail.com.

For all of the information on the conference and to register, visit http://oka4pt.com/event/annual-conference-2018/

You must register for the Friday night workshops in order to attend.   Registration will close on the Thursday before the conference.


Thank you all and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Nancy Rumley Soliz

OKAPT President

Greetings Play Therapy Enthusiast!

The APT Annual Conference in Minneapolis was phenomenal!  I encourage you to set aside time in your calendar to join the conference next October 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Keep an eye on your inbox closer to time for details on how to register.

In Oklahoma, we have two more Lunch and Learns scheduled for 2017!

  • November, 10 2017 — Oklahoma City — St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

11:30 am-1:30pm

Title: Play Therapy 101 and the Ethics of the Practice of Play Therapy

Presenter: Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S


  • December 8, 2017 — Stillwater — Public Information Office Building

11:30 -1:30 pm

Title: Reality Play Therapy: A Playful Approach for Older Children, Teens, and Adults

Presenters: Diane Stutey, PhD, LPC, RPT-S and Nikkie Dunnigan, MS, LPC, RPT

Remember, as a member of OKAPT, the trainings are FREE!  You can check out the training for the first time for FREE as well.  The trainings are $30 for others attending.  Join OKAPT/APT at www.a4pt.org prior to attending to get in for FREE!

Oklahoma’s Annual Conference will be up for registration very soon!  I will be sending out a separate email when it goes live.  If you would like to know about being a vendor for the conference, please email okassociationforplaytherapy@gmail.com

Have a great day!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S

OKAPT President

Sharon Beets, RPT-S and President-Elect of the Oklahoma Association for Play Therapy hosted a Lunch & Learn last month in Broken Arrow. This training is one of eight Lunch & Learns hosted by OKAPT during 2017 at various locations across the state. These Lunch & Learns are FREE to members of the Association for Play Therapy.



Tulsa Lunch and Learn will be THIS Friday, October, 27th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in Broken Arrow.  FREE to OKAPT members!  The location is:

517 W. Washington
Annex behind Brighter Dimensions


Email Sharon Beets, LPC, RPT if you are attending.  skbeets@yahoo.com


Stay tuned for the registration for the OKAPT Annual Conference in January with Terry Kottman!

Greetings, Play Therapy Enthusiasts!

October is finally here, and you know what that means:  APT Annual Conference time!  I know we have several people that are making the trek up to Minneapolis to increase their knowledge in play therapy.  I hope that those that are going can share their knowledge with those of you that are unable to attend this year.  For those of you that are going, I’m hoping that we can all meet up for dinner and dessert Friday evening around 7pm.  Look for an email on further details once we arrive in Minneapolis.

The next Lunch and Learn is scheduled for Friday, October 27th at 512 W. Atlanta, Broken Arrow, OK from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Sharon Beets, LPC, RPT-S will be presenting on working with Divorce using Play Therapy.  Please email Sharon if you plan on attending so she can make sure she has enough materials and handouts.  Her email is: skbeets@yahoo.com.

I hope you take time to jump in a pile of leaves and play before next month!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S

President OKAPT

Hi, Play Therapy Enthusiast!

I apologize for the later than usual monthly newsletter.  I do have an 8 lb. 5 oz. baby boy that was born on August 24th as an excuse!  Please forgive me if I’m not as quick to respond over the next month.  You can meet my newest edition by joining us at the Association for Play Therapy Annual Conference in Minneapolis.  If you are wanting to see about rooming with someone from Oklahoma for the conference, please feel free to email us through the website and we will see if we can get you matched up. http://oka4pt.com/contact-us/


Our next Lunch and Learn will be held on Friday, September 22nd 11:30 am-1:30 pm at 605 W Gore Blvd Suite 3, Lawton, OK 73501.   The title of the workshop is: “Working with ADD/ADHD Clients using Play Therapy” presented by Cynthia Osuna, MA, LPC, RPT.   Two hours of FREE CEUs for OKAPT members!  You can bring a friend or come for your first time for free as well.  If you are not a member, the cost is $30 for CEUs.  Let us know that you will be attending by emailing Cynthia at cynthia.ma.lpc@gmail.com.  I hope to see you at one of the numerous training opportunities we have for OKAPT members!


Play on!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S

President, OKAPT

Big announcement for the OKAPT Annual Conference!


Hello Play Therapy Enthusiast!

It is time for the big announcement for the OKAPT Annual Conference.  The conference will take place on Saturday, January 27, 2018 with Dr. Terry Kottman!  Terry Kottman, Ph.D., RPT-S, NCC, LMHC will present on Art Techniques for Play Therapists.  This will be a conference you do not want to miss!  Stay connected with us for more information on registration.   Two pre-conference workshops for Friday, January 26, 2018 have already been posted on the website under ‘Training Opportunities.’

OKAPT has been really busy with Lunch and Learns.  The last one on July 14th in Tulsa was a great success.  We are glad we are getting to provide our members with more and more perks for being a part of this great organization.  The next Lunch and Learn training will be held on August 18th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.  The training will be done by Betsy Maguire and will be on Play Therapy with Sandtrays.  As always, members will get 2 CEUs for FREE.  If you are not a member, the cost will be $30.  HOWEVER, we want to encourage those new to the field to come, so we will provide one training for FREE for non-members to get a feel of what OKAPT has to offer you and your professional development.  So, if you have never come to a training please join us!  Also, check out the website for the most up-to-date information on trainings and if a training is coming to your area soon!  www.oka4pt.com

From the desk of the President-Elect…

The APT dude has been working hard this summer!  Pictured here with Sharon Beets, OKAPT President Elect, he attended New Hope Summer Camp.  The Dude was assisted by interns from
FIVE Oklahoma Colleges and Universities.  These students were bachelor and master level counseling students all interested in Play Therapy.  NSU-BA, OSU, OU, East Central, and Tulsa Community College were represented. The interns and Dude provided activities for campers during four afternoon sessions.
New Hope is an organization that provides support and outreach to children who have a parent incarcerated.
Way to go Guys!!


Play on!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S

OKAPT President

Hello, OKAPT!

Hello OKAPT!

I hope you had a safe and restful Independence Day.  I wanted to send out a reminder about the Lunch-and Learn training we have coming up in the Tulsa area on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  This training is FREE to OKAPT members!  You will receive 2 CEUs for LPC, LMFT, LCSW in addition to APT CEUs.  Angie Metcalf will be presenting on “Using Play Therapy with Toddler Tantrums”.  The location of the workshop will be 512 W. Washington in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  To attend the training, please sign up by emailing Sharon Beets at skbeets@yahoo.com.  Just let her know who you are, if you are a current member of OKAPT, and that you are planning on attending.

Keep in mind, you can view the most updated information on our Lunch-and Learn training opportunities on our website at:


The next one is scheduled for August in OKC.  We will also have another training in Broken Arrow, one in Lawton, and one in Stillwater in 2017.  Take advantage of our membership perks!

Also, please stay in contact by reading this newsletter.  I hope by next month, the annual conference presenter will be set.  I can’t wait for that announcement!

Stay cool and playful!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S
OKAPT President

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